White Minivan Sought in Sniper Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Authorities hunted for a white minivan Thursday after a man was gunned down at a Virginia gas station in what may have been the seventh slaying by the Washington-area sniper.

Authorities said they had not conclusively linked the attack to the eight other shootings that have left six people dead and two others wounded since Oct. 2. But Prince William County Police Chief Charlie Deane said it was ``consistent'' with the work of the elusive gunman stalking the Washington suburbs.

``There's enough damage been done,'' he said, appealing to the killer to give up.

Dean Meyers, 53, of Gaithersburg, Md., was felled by a single shot Wednesday night, moments after filling his car's tank.

Police said they were searching for a white minivan seen leaving the gas station. Two men were seen in a white van shortly after the slayings began, and the vehicle described by witnesses to Wednesday's shooting was similar — a white ``panel truck.''

``It's a minivan but instead of windows around the side, it's solid. We don't know about windows in the back,'' police spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Chinn said.

Deane said police have witnesses ``we think are of value.'' He refused to say whether there were surveillance cameras at the gas station but said some cameras were in the area.

In a drizzling rain, police in yellow slickers walked shoulder to shoulder near the crime scene, looking for evidence. Deane did not say whether they had found anything. But he said there had been no communication from the killer.

A tarot death card with the taunting words ``Dear policeman, I am God'' was found near a shell casing outside a school in Bowie, Md., where a 13-year-old boy was critically wounded by the sniper Monday.

Manassas is about 35 miles southwest of the Maryland suburbs where most of the attacks happened. The attack is the second in Virginia: A woman was wounded by a sniper in Fredericksburg, 30 miles south of here.

Investigators say the sniper, or snipers, fired from a distance with a high-powered hunting or military-style rifle. Like Meyers, all the victims were felled by a single bullet.


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